GROOMS: 3 things to know before your wedding

Let’s be honest… as a groom, you have a lot less on your to-do list than the bride. That doesn’t mean you can’t master the things you do need to know and show up ready to go, ahead of schedule and with time to relax!

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Here are 3 things we know you usually don’t think about on the daily, so you may want to practice and wrap your head around them in advance, with plenty of time before your actual wedding day:


1. How to tie your bow tie (watch THIS video and practice in advance!)... or buy a pre-tied one. We won’t tell. Pro Tip: PLEASE don't just start watching YouTube videos the minute we show up!

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2. Similarly, how to pin your boutonniere on. Ask your florist for tips on attaching it and/or make sure someone who will be with you while you’re getting ready (either another groomsmen or your mom) has done it before and feels comfortable with that responsibility! The last thing we’d want is to spend time waiting for 10 guys to figure this out and have to help each other get theirs on before we can start taking photos. Your mom is always welcome to pin yours on if she is dressed and can be in the pictures, but help for all the other groomsmen is what we see often lacking and very much needed.  

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3. When the photographer is ready to take your getting ready photos, you should be 90% of the way dressed! No one wants photos of you in a t-shirt and boxers on your wedding day. ;)

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If you are getting ready in a hotel room and we are starting photos there, all the groomsmen should be fully dressed. As the groom, you should have your shirt and pants on with your tie, shoes, socks (the more fun, the better: colorful stripes? fave sports team? ode to MD?), cuff links, watch and any other meaningful items, in one spot for us to capture right before you put them on. Getting ready photos actually means photographing you as you get your jacket and shoes on, putting the final touches on your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket.

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If you are meeting us at another location to have your portraits taken (for example, at the spot where you’ll have your first look or even outside the church or venue), then we’ll just capture portraits of you 100% ready to go - adjusting your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket make for beautiful and classic getting ready shots.

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What NOT to have nearby…

Piles of clothes / bags / food / beverages strewn about. A little tidying up in the room (or corner of the room) that gets the most natural light will go a long way and make your photos that much better!

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If you’re able to quickly do all of these things, just think of what it really means: you can pour another glass of bourbon, scotch or grab a can of Natty Boh and relax with the guys. ;)

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sneak peeks | ashley + greg's classic sagamore pendry wedding

Ashley + Greg’s Sagamore Pendry wedding in the heart of Fells Point will be filed under what wedding dreams are made of and then some... hearing this incredible couple keep saying ‘this is honestly better than we could have ever asked for’ made an already GORGEOUS day into one that I don’t know how we’re going to top!!!

It’s hard for me to put into words how wonderful these two are together as a couple but also as individuals that compliment each other and create a perfect balance of modern, playful love, genuine happiness and honest connection.

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While it was our first time capturing a Pendry wedding (…and ready to go back in a heartbeat!), we’ve worked with the Lemon & Lime Event Design team numerous times over the years and each and every time, the timeline runs like clockwork, we get to have fun as part of a creative and collaborative team and our couples are relaxed, happy and completely overjoyed. All of that translates to epic photos… especially when it’s 75 degrees outside on the last Saturday in March and the sun, wind + clouds play together perfectly timed for portraits on the pool deck, pier and balcony.

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The red carpeted grand staircase was literally made for moments like this…!

I love both of these photos on their own but also since the sequence shows the value in having the perspective of 2 photographers capturing the same moment. They both tell very different stories of Greg’s first look at Ashley and I personally, can’t pick a favorite.

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From happy tears streaming down cheeks within a glowing courtyard to vows that included how Ashley will still never fold her laundry (I’m with ya, girl!) to a ceremony processional with cheers of joy surrounded by their best family and friends… truly magical in every sense of the word.

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Cheers to you both!!! We couldn’t be happier and more honored to have captured the start of your married life together! We’ll just be right here reliving this day over and over until we see you again!

xo,
Naomi

Team of Wedding Professionals

venue: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
planning + design: Lemon + Lime Event Design
photography: Urban Row Photography
florist: Flowers & Fancies
DJ: Mixing Maryland DJs
hair + makeup: Up Do’s for I Do’s
officiant: Patrick of Elegant Ceremonies
lighting + lounge furniture: Event Pro
rentals + linens: Select Event Group
wedding gown: Essence of Australia
dress boutique + veil: The Bridal Boutique
bridesmaids dresses, ties + pocket squares: Azazie
shoes: Betsey Johnson
groom + groomsmen attire: Menguin
wedding bands: Zales + Kay Jewelers
cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes
invitation: Minted

lauren + matt | industrial garden wedding at the Accelerator Space

Lauren and Matt are such a fun-loving and creative, happy couple that it was no surprise to me that they wanted to celebrate their love of Baltimore and their neighborhood as much as possible on the day of their wedding! They had their first look at the rowhouse they owned less than a block from Patterson Park (and one street over from where Anthony and I used to live!)… you may remember their engagement photos we did in Patterson Park and Fells Point; to this day, I’m still obsessed with Lauren’s vibrant and carefree colorful dress paired with a denim jacket and mustard heels.

I’ll never forget the first time we met at R House; we bonded over a love of being outside, city life, upstate NY travel and rowhouse renovation stories. I was so excited to see their Baltimore wedding come together celebrating so many local, talented vendors and Lauren’s love of flowers and a garden-inspired aesthetic to soften the structure of their industrial chic wedding venue!

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Lauren wore 2 BHLDN gowns throughout the day and 3 different pairs of shoes (the Rifle Paper Co x Keds were my favorite!). The vintage suitcase she used to hold all of her details as she gathered them throughout the wedding planning process was a gift from a family member that was so functional and beautiful, we had to feature it in her getting ready photos!

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Want to know a huge bonus to getting ready at your house? The ability to easily include your dog! Penny, their sweet little pup got to be a part of the photos and even, their first look!

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Matt and his groomsmen treated themselves to a day at the Pendry while they got ready there. The courtyard is all sorts of groomsmen goals…!! That architecture and dark steel softened by the lush greenery…

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Quite possibly my favorite first look ever.

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When you live steps from Patterson Park, portraits in the park are a must do. The bouquet from Lucky Penny Floral Co. had just the right touch of blue with an incredible texture and shape to it!

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I loved how they changed up the order of their day to allow for time to mingle with their guests BEFORE the ceremony. Yes, cocktail hour preceded the ceremony at the Accelerator Space! Hint, hint… more couples should do this! It was such a fun, casual way to allow the bride and groom to interact with their guests before the actual formal events started. Notice Lauren’s second dress and pair of shoes of the day! How cute, sparkly and festive is it with her earrings from J’Adorn Designs and that clutch and signature cocktail!??!

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The reception details and tablescape elements were all handmade by Lauren (menus, favors) and the ceremony backdrop was designed and installed/hung by Matt, an engineer.

They danced the night away with the help of Bachelor Boys Band after enjoying a local meal by Tablefield Catering, Taste this Cake and Pietime, all vendors at Bmore Kitchen, the food incubator directly below the Accelerator Space.

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Cheers to you, adorable lovebirds!! We are so honored to have been part of your wedding and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both!

xo,
Naomi

Vendor Team
venue: Accelerator Space
florist: Lucky Penny Floral
wedding gown: Catherine Deane
dress boutique: BHLDN Georgetown
veil: Noon on the Moon
shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson, Keds x Rifle Paper Co
bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
earrings: J’Adorn Designs
rings: Nelson Coleman Jewelers
hair / makeup: Haute on Wheels
groom + groomsmen attire: Indochino
caterer: Tablefield Catering
dessert: Taste This Cake + Pietime
band: Bachelor Boys Band
invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
favors / centerpieces / reception decor: Lauren, the bride ;)
transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service